Sioux Falls State Theatre Wed, Apr 19 7:00 PM
Sioux Falls State Theatre Sat, Apr 22 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:The Coen Brothers Directors Series
Release Year:1996
Runtime:1h 38m (98 min)
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Langauge:English
Format:4K DCP
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Joel Coen
Cast:Frances McDormand
William H. Macy
Steve Buscemi
Peter Stormare
John Carroll Lynch
Produced By:Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Screenwriter:Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Music By:Carter Burwell


"Fargo" is a reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi), (Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell), paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper.


"Violent, quirky, and darkly funny, Fargo delivers an original crime story and a wonderful performance by McDormand."

“Its brilliance [lies] in making the forces of law and order look as interesting and funny as the bad guys.” Guardian

“[Frances] McDormand is excellent and has a lot of fun with her tenacious and competent character, who is dedicated to duty and her sweet, supportive husband.” Hollywood Reporter

“The fans of their best work -- "Blood Simple, "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink" -- now can add Fargo to the list, pushing the Coens to the first rank of contemporary American filmmakers.” Gene Siskel

“Rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I've ever seen.” Roger Ebert

“Fargo is a concert performance--an illuminating amalgam of emotion and thought. It glimpses into the heart of man and unearths a blackly comic nature, hellishly mercurial and selfish, yet strangely innocent. If it weren't so funny, it would be unbearably disturbing.” Dallas Observer

"In the darkly humorous Fargo, iconoclastic filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen manage the precarious balancing act of respecting genre conventions and simultaneously pushing them to an almost surrealistic extreme. Very funny stuff." Variety

Fargo (1996) with pre-movie Fargo film trivia

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